Money talks as Timo Glock leaves Marussia
His exit opens up a third vacancy on the Formula One starting grid after unfilled seats at Force India and Caterham, with both of those teams also looking for drivers who can bring sponsorship or other support with them.
Spanish-based HRT, last season's back of the grid team, failed to pay their entry fees for 2013 after struggling throughout last year.
Formula One has a long tradition of 'pay drivers', including greats such as triple champion Niki Lauda, who broke into the sport thanks to the money he brought with him, and there are several candidates for the available seats.
One might be Russian Vitaly Petrov, who raced for Caterham last season and is still in the frame for that drive.
Russia is due to host a grand prix for the first time next season and Marussia, despite being British-based, have had a long-term aim of racing at home with a Russian driver.
Brazilian Bruno Senna is also looking for a job after being dropped by Williams while Indian Narain Karthikeyan has backing from India's Tata Group.
The Force India vacancy appears to be between Germany's Adrian Sutil and Frenchman Jules Bianchi, who has support from Ferrari as a member of their driver academy.
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